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Published Writing

Published Photography/Video

My LinkedIn Profile

Jersey Shore Publications



Kent State University, Kent, OH

  • July 2013: ASNE Reynolds Summer Journalism Educator Institute Fellow; 3 Graduate Credits

Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • July 2005: MS: Curriculum, Instruction, Technology

University College: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • May 2001: BA: English; Graduated with Honors

Mercer County Community College: West Windsor, NJ

  • May 1998: AA: Communications; Graduated with High Honors


Author and Photographer:  Delicate Tapestries: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies: ISBN 10: 1463661576

Published Writer: Stay Salty: Life in the Garden State (Read Furiously), the leaves fall (Red Penguin Books), Straightening Your Crown: Encouraging Words from Sister to Sister (Cheryl Barton Publishing), From the Soil-A Hometown Anthology (Exeter Publishing), ‘Tis the Seasons: Poems for Your Holiday Spirit (Red Penguin Books), Art in the Time of COVID-19, 2020 American Writers Review, 2019 American Writers ReviewThe Sun Magazine, Dow Jones Adviser Update, Jersey Shore Magazine, Manchester Times, Everywhere Magazine, NJEA Website, Asbury Park Press, Ocean StarSchool Leader Magazine, The Hamilton Observer, American Cheerleader Magazine, The College Voice (Mercer County Community College)



  • 8/27/2020: Read “Nightfall,” a poem published in the 2020 American Writers Review. Sponsored by the Asbury Book Cooperative. Virtual reading via Zoom.
  • 7/2/2020: Read “Nightfall” and “Wayward: A Sonnet,” poems published in the 2020 American Writers Review. Sponsored by the Jersey Shore Arts Center. Virtual reading via Zoom.
  • 12/6/2019: Read “The Sidewinder,” poem published in the 2019 American Writers Review, and “The Gingerbread Boy.” Sponsored by the Jersey Shore Arts Center at their headquarters.
  • 8/31/2019: Read “The Sidewinder” and “Futility,” poems published in the 2019 American Writers Review. Sponsored by the Neptune Library at their branch.

The University of Limerick/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Summer School at New York University, NYC Attendee: 2019

Yale Writers’ Workshop: Accepted to and attended 2019 Session II-June 8-11, 2019. Participated in “The First Ten Pages” workshop with Julie Buntin.

Rutgers University Writers’ Conference Attendee: 2017, 2018, 2019

William Paterson University Spring Writer’s Conference Attendee: 2019

Point Pleasant Historical Society: Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Social Media/Webmaster, 2019-present

Project Write Now

  • Teacher Ambassador: 2018-2020
  • Winter Teacher Ambassador Workshop: 2020, 2019
  • Writing on the River Spring Educator Retreat: 2018, 2019
  • Summer Educator Workshop: 2018, 2019

Garden State Scholastic Press Association:

  • Vice President: May 2015 – May 2021
  • Fall Press Day Conference Planning Committee and Attendee: 2013-2020
  • Fall Press Day Presenter
  • Spring Adviser Conference Planning Committee and Attendee: 2014-2020
  • Spring Adviser Conference Presenter
    • 2018, 2017: Using Your Dues: JEA Curriculum Initiative
    • 2018, 2017: Using Your Dues: Journalism SGO Made Easy
    • 2015: Using Google Docs and Google Drive
    • 2014: Using the MAESTRO Concept with School Newspapers

New Jersey Writing Alliance Spring Conference Attendee: 2014-2018

JEA Link Mentor Educator: 2018-2019

Mentor Teacher: 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2013-2014, 2010-2011, 2008-2009, 2004-2005

Cooperating Teacher: Student Teacher from Georgian Court University, Spring 2017

Challenge Day Teacher: 2014

2014 Hawkscape Technology Conference Presenter: Incorporating the New York Times’ Digital Resources in the Classroom

Technology Committee: 2014-2015, 2004-2010 (District Steering Committee)

English Curriculum Committee: 2004-2018


Master Journalism Educator, Journalism Education Association, October 2019

GSSPA Golden Quill Award for Contributions to High School Scholastic Journalism in New Jersey: Fall 2018

Certified Journalism Educator, Journalism Education Association, May 2016

2016 Teacher of the Year, Lakehurst VFW Post 10061

2014-2015 Teacher of the Year

2014 Merle E. Stouffer Teacher of the Year, VFW Post 7904, Manchester, NJ

2013-2014 Teacher of the Year Nominee

2013 Fellow, ASNE Reynolds Summer Journalism Educator Institute

2004-2005 Teacher of the Year

2003-2004 Teacher of the Year Nominee


Association of Writers and Writing Programs: 2020-present

Point Pleasant Historical Society: 2018-present

New Jersey Writing Alliance: 2014-2019

Journalism Education Association: 2008-present

Garden State Scholastic Press Association: 2008-present

National Education Association: 2001-present

New Jersey Education Association: 2001-present


A High School in NJ (district policy prohibits me from listing my employer)

September 2001 – Present: English/Journalism Teacher

  • Currently teach Introduction to Journalism (Grades 9-12), Advanced Journalism (Grades 10-12), Career Journalism (Grades 11-12), and College & Career Readiness (Grade 12)
  • Previously taught English 11/English 11 Honors (British Literature), English 9 (Survey), English 10 (American Literature), English 12 (World Literature), Basic Skills, HSPA Preparation Elective, Public Speaking
  • Current extracurricular activities include Yearbook Adviser and News Magazine/Online News Adviser
  • Previous extracurricular activities include Student Government Association, Alumni Adviser, JV Cheerleading Coach, Sunshine Club, Public Relations Liaison
  • Taught in both block schedule format and traditional schedule format


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